Turnovers plagued the Riverside-Brookfield football team on Friday night as the Bulldogs dropped to 1-2 overall after a 35-14 loss to Minooka.
“It wasn’t pretty,” said a disgruntled Otto Zeman, RB’s head coach. “We played tough but we kept shooting ourselves in the foot.”
The Bulldogs (1-2), who finished with six turnovers in the game, didn’t get on the board until late in the second quarter. Quarterback Chris Pesek found Matt Sandrik for a 33-yard touchdown pass with 3:10 left to play in the half. Pesek followed up the TD by finding Mike Razniewski for the 2-point conversion. But the Bulldogs trailed 15-8 at halftime.
A fumble to open the third quarter furthered RB’s demise and the team was only able to score one more time?”another Pesek to Sandrik (5 catches, 85 yards, 2 TD) affair for nine yards.
Pesek finished the night 22-for-42 for 244 yards and two touchdowns. He also had four interceptions and one fumble.
In the final five minutes of the game, Lucas Hackel took over quarterback duties for the Bulldogs, going 3-for-11 for 25 yards. Hackel rushed four times for 38 yards.
RB will try and regroup when it hosts Morris for a non-conference game on Friday night (7:30 p.m.) at Shuey Stadium.
RB soccer takes it out on Naz
The Riverside-Brookfield soccer team recovered from a disappointing 3-0 shutout suffered at the hands of Geneva on Thursday to annihilate Suburban Prairie East foe Nazareth 9-0 on Saturday in Brookfield.
The Bulldogs (2-1-1), who last week came back to tie Sycamore 3-3 after being down 2-0 in the first half, opened the season Aug. 29 by shutting out Morris 5-0. Ales Lanzhotsky, Jason Brondos, David Beltran, Mark Gorman, and Jonathan Chavez each scored a goal for RB in a victory with more significance than a conference matchup. Last season Sycamore had defeated RB 16-0.
“The team got some revenge this time around,” said RB head coach Danny Makaric. “They showed that they have improved.”
The Bulldogs host Lemont on Thursday (4:30 p.m.) and Elmwood Park on Saturday (3 p.m.).
Former Riverside-Brookfield football star Tim Brasic continued to make an impact as the University of Illinois’ starting quarterback. Brasic coverted 17-of-22 passes for 199 yards and scored on runs of 2 and 25 yards in a 40-19 trouncing of San Jose State on Saturday.
Brasic’s impressive outing may be attributed to his former high school coach Otto Zeman being on hand for the game in Champaign.
The Fighting Illini are now 2-0 and travel to California this Saturday.